Honda Cars of Katy to Introduce All-New 2012 Next Generation Honda Civic

Honda Cars of Katy is gearing up to introduce one of the most anticipated new vehicle models launching this year, the all-new, fully redesigned 2012 Next Generation Honda Civic.

“Time and again, the Civic delivers on all fronts – fuel economy, great performance and reliability, smart packaging, long-term value,” said Chris Morrison, General Manager at Honda Cars of Katy. “The 2012 Civic is taking all of that up a notch. There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the release of the brand new Civic, and we are already taking orders on the vehicle.”

Customers can test drive the all-new 2012 Civic at Honda Cars of Katy on April 18th—the first day the vehicle will be available to purchase. The iconic vehicle will undoubtedly continue to be a standout in the compact segment showcasing some impressive new upgrades, but still possessing all of the same underlying qualities that customers have come to expect from the Civic and Honda.

Those with an eye for style won’t be disappointed. The next-generation Civic brings enhanced looks, performance and efficiency across the model range. In addition to the interior being revamped with improved materials and technologies, the 2012 Civic also boasts a cleaner design, more robust lines and a more dynamic physical appearance.

“We will be offering the full 2012 Civic line-up,” said Morrison. “This includes the standard coupe and sedan models, the new sporty Si versions and the hybrid, as well as an all-new model—the Civic HF, which gets approximately 40 mpg on the highway,” he added.

With a style to match every customers needs, there is certainly a car for every buyer. Come see what all the hype is about at Honda Cars of Katy on April 18, 2011, you won’t be disappointed.

About Honda Cars of Katy:

Honda Cars of Katy proudly serves the greater Houston area including Katy, Sugar Land, Houston Heights, Memorial, Downtown Houston, Bellaire, River Oaks, West University, Montrose, The Woodlands, Midtown, Cypress, Humble, Jersey Village, Kingwood, Tomball, Bellaire, Alief, Barker, Beasley, Brookshire, East Bernard, Fresno, Fulshear, Hempstead, Hockley, Hufsmith, Kendleton, Manvel, Missouri City, Needville, North Houston, Orchard, Pattison, Pearland, Prairie View, Richmond, Rosenberg, Rosharon, Simonton, Spring, Stafford, Thompsons ,Tomball, Sealy, Seguin, Waller and Wallis.

Our Houston area Honda Dealership is located in Katy, Texas. Honda Cars of Katy carries a complete line of new and used cars in the Houston metro area. Visit us online at www.HondaCarsOfKaty.com and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HondaCarsOfKaty.com.

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A Civic For Everyone

The Honda Civic at Honda Cars of Katy has as many models and there are personalities. What are you, Civic Sedan, Civic Si Sedan, Civic Hybrid Sedan, Civic Coupe or the Civic Si Coupe?

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Driver ready

The Honda Civic is one of the most recognizable names from car enthusiasts to soccer moms. With reliable performance and stylish design, it’s really no mystery why Honda continues to expand on this timeless automobile. Honda Cars of Katy has the 2011 Civic ready to drive.  We’ll take you through the all-new 2011 Honda Civic, now available at Honda Cars of Katy.

Honda Civic has technology you can handle

It is easier for some people to figure out new technology than it is for others. Well, even if you still have a VCR at home, rest assured, you can use the great gadgets the Honda Civic has. For example, select models include Honda’s USB Audio Interface, giving you greater access to your digital music files. Just plug in your compatible music player and the system displays song information. You can even still use the vehicle’s audio controls.

Here’s something even cooler! The Civic has super communication powers and can keep you connected both to the road and on the phone. On some models, the available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition provides not only maps and directions, but also listings of over 7 million points of interest like ATMs, restaurants and cultural venues.  Whether you’re gathering intel for an upcoming meeting or coordinating

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Where would you like to go?

practices, the Civic has you covered.

Sporty engines deliver fun on a platter

Nothing shakes things up quite like an i-VTEC engine. Honda’s signature technology gives you plenty of torque off the line, as well as horsepower to spare down the road. The Drive-by-Wire throttle system improves responses and smoothes shifting. Power flows through a precise 5-speed manual transmission, or you can enjoy the ease of use of the available 5-speed automatic.

Honda Cars of Katy has your Honda Civic

The 2011 Civic, available at Honda Cars of Katy, is the perfect catalyst to shake things up. No matter which model you choose, you will be impressed with the all-new Honda Civic.

Check out the buzz about the 2011 Honda Civic at  Honda Cars of Katy on Facebook and Twitter.

Honda Cars of Katy Introduces the All-New 2011 Honda Odyssey

The all-new 2011 Odyssey, now available at Honda Cars of Katy, redefines the criteria of a minivan, increasing not only the amount of space inside the vehicle but also revamping the sleek and stylish outside.

The all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan arrived at Honda Cars of Katy on September 27, 2010 with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) ranging from $27,800 for the value-oriented Odyssey LX to $43,250 for the ultra-premium Odyssey Touring Elite, plus a destination and handling charge of $780 per vehicle, according to American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The completely redesigned Odyssey improves for 2011 with greater interior functionality, a more distinctive style and higher fuel economy. Across all available models — the Odyssey LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and now, the new Touring Elite — more than 50 standard and available features have been added for 2011 to enhance comfort, convenience, efficiency and travel fun.

“Taking the kids on a road trip in the new 2011 Honda Odyssey won’t be the same as it used to be in your old minivan,” said Chris Morrison, General Manager of Honda Cars of Katy. “The kids will have plenty of room to make themselves comfortable with eight passenger capabilities and a rear DVD entertainment system.”

With a wide range of new features adding value for economy, comfort and convenience, the increase in 2011 Odyssey pricing represents a 2.5-percent difference on a sales-weighted basis compared to the 2010 models being replaced (approximately $840 on average).

Significant enhancements to the interior include a new “3-mode” second-row seat design that is more comfortable for center passengers (Odyssey EX and above). The 2011 Odyssey is equipped with a total of five LATCH attachment points (four in the Odyssey LX), the most of any vehicle currently available on the market as of 2011 (up from three in the previous model). The one-motion, 60/40 split 3rd-row Magic Seat®, one of the Odyssey’s original concepts and most versatile features, is positioned for more legroom and is even easier to operate for 2011.

Dramatic new styling creates a more dynamic appearance unlike any other minivan with the introduction of a tapered cabin and a signature “lightning bolt” belt line. The lightning bolt belt line improves the outward view for third-row passengers. The body’s enhanced aerodynamic shape along with engineering improvements throughout the vehicle contribute to a class-leading EPA highway fuel-economy rating of 28 milesper- gallon (mpg) on Odyssey Touring models, an improvement of 3 mpg compared to the 2010 Odyssey Touring model and the most for any eight-passenger minivan.

A more powerful and efficient 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine features Variable Cylinder Management (standard on all models for 2011) and produces 248 hp (+4 hp over 2010) while delivering an EPA-estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy of 19/28/22 mpg on Odyssey Touring models (18/27/21 mpg on Odyssey LX, EX and EX-L models). For enhanced driving refinement on Odyssey Touring models, a six-speed automatic transmission debuts as a standard feature. All other models receive the five-speed automatic transmission.

New technology available on certain models includes a rear entertainment system with a 16.2-inch ultrawide split-screen display and an auxiliary High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) video input, an “intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID) with customizable wallpaper, integration of FM traffic data on navigation models and much more. Thoughtful features have been added throughout like the available cool box, front bag hook, available flip-up trash bag ring and more. Popular features like the available back-up camera and available conversation mirror continue to be offered.

An extensive list of safety equipment comes standard on every Odyssey. The Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure is a Honda-exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. Additional standard safety equipment includes Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), commonly referred to as electronic stability control; anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; three-row side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor; driver’s and front passenger’s side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; and active front seat head restraints.

All-New 2011 Honda Odyssey at Honda Cars of Katy

About Honda Cars of Katy:

Honda Cars of Katy is located off I-10 on Katy Freeway at the Westgreen Blvd exit. For more details please contact the dealership at 281-994-0055. Honda Cars of Katy is a new car and used car dealer that proudly provides service, parts, selection and customer service to the greater Houston area including Katy, Sugar Land, Houston Heights, Memorial, Downtown Houston, Bellaire, River Oaks, West University, Montrose, The Woodlands, Midtown, Cypress, Humble and Jersey Village.

Honda Cars of Katy is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HondaCarsOfKaty and on Twitter @HondaCarsKaty or http://www.twitter.com/HondaCarsKaty.

Car Care Tips- Action Movie Mythbuster!

Miller writes: I have a bet with my Wife on this: In TV shows, you often see cars rolling over and bursting into flames. Does that really happen? It could cost me a month of doing dishes if they don’t!

Mike: Better get some rubber gloves buddy! Car companies put in several safeguards to keep the fuel in the tank on rollovers and not allow it to ignite. From check valves in fuel tank filler necks, to automatic cutoffs on fuel pumps, cars are harder and harder to ignite. Engineers take data from thousands of accidents every year and use that knowledge to make their cars safer. Explosions rarely happen outside of Hollywood.

Here is a tip: Here is one of my biggest pet peeves! Don’t ignore your tires!  It could cost you a tire if you run it low and possibly a lot more if it blows out. Every day I sit in traffic and look at the tires of the vehicle in front of me and I usually see a low tire that the driver is unaware of. I usually try to catch up and tell them, but it doesn’t always work out. Here is what you do: Get a good tire gauge and check the tires once a week, but more importantly, learn how they are supposed to look and when you get in your car each day, give them a quick glance just to make sure you haven’t picked up a nail and have a low tire. If you have a low tire, and can catch it before you drive too far, then a little air will get you to the tire shop. Now that I’ve told you what to do, try it this evening or in the morning when you go out to the car. It’s a good habit to have.

Keep your tires full and looking good!

Mike The Car Guy University: Listen to The Automotive Reporter radio program with Mike Herzing and Harold Gunn Sunday mornings from 8:00-9:00 on KGOW 1560AM “The Game” or go online www.1560thegame.com

Mike was an ASE Certified Master Tech and auto shop owner for 31 years. If you have questions or comments, E mail me: mikeh@letstalkwheels.com or go to www.letstalkwheels.com to read more articles. -MH

Honda Cars of Katy is located off I-10 on Katy Freeway at the Westgreen Blvd exit. For more details please contact the dealership at 281-994-0055. Honda Cars of Katy is a new car and used car dealer that proudly provides service, parts, selection and customer service to the greater Houston area including Katy, Sugar Land, Houston Heights, Memorial, Downtown Houston, Bellaire, River Oaks, West University, Montrose, The Woodlands, Midtown, Cypress, Humble and Jersey Village.

Car Care Tips- Too Hot Ridgeline

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Leann writes: My V6 Honda Ridgeline has a 115k miles and a strange overheating problem. It seems that the farther I drive the hotter it gets until it overheats. If I am stuck in traffic, the temp gauge shows halfway and will never run hot. Not until I drive on the freeway 4-5 miles, then it starts creeping up until it boils over. If I drive on the feeder road, it starts to cool down. I have tried a thermostat and a water pump with no success. My Dad thinks that the head gaskets are leaking. Could that be the problem?

Mike: I have seen this problem several times over the years. What you have is a restricted radiator. It can keep the coolant temperature at a normal level at lower speeds, but can’t keep up with the thermal load at higher speeds. If you have your technician check  for “cold” spots in the radiator’s core, he will be able to locate the places where the coolant isn’t circulating. Then you will find the problem. I would recommend replacing the radiator before you overheat the engine so many times you do end up with a head gasket problem, or worse.

Here is a tip: If your windows seem to go up and down a little slower than they used to, let me tell you a good fix for this.  Get a can of silicone spray at the parts store and spray the window run channel to keep it slippery. This way the window slides easier and takes some of the pressure off of the window motor and window regulator. The silicone also helps keep the rubber soft and pliable. If your car is a little older, you can use silicone spray on all of the door seals to help them last a little longer and work a little better.

Mike the Car Guy University: In response to all of the great e mails I get every week, I am planning a series of classes on understanding your vehicle, and using that knowledge to extend its useful life. Details are still being worked out, but the classes will be in a series and hosted by some of the outstanding dealers in our area. If you would like to be notified when I am teaching in your area, just e-mail me and I’ll let you know. MH

Listen to The Automotive Reporter radio program with Mike Herzing and Harold Gunn Sunday mornings from 8:00-9:00 on KGOW 1560AM “The Game” or go online www.1560thegame.com.

Mike was an ASE Certified Master Tech and auto shop owner for 31 years. If you have questions or comments, E-mail me: mikeh@letstalkwheels.com -MH
This announcement was brought to you by Honda Cars of Katy, please call with any questions at 281-994-0055.

Letter of Appreciation

Letter of Appreciation Received:

Ryan,

Just a quick note of sincere appreciation. Thank you so much for your assistance in acquiring our new Honda Pilot. We LOVE the touring options on the car. Working with you made the transaction seem painless and pleasant. We’ll be coming to you next time we’re looking for another car. We’ll make sure to send our friends your way too!

Samira and Brian (Customers at Honda Cars of Katy)

Honda Car Care Tips – State Inspection

2010 Red Honda CR-V SUVDon writes: My 48k mile, 2007 CRV failed state inspection because of an emissions problem. Do I have to take it to the dealer for repair? Are they more expensive?

Mike: Don, you’d be crazy to take it anywhere ELSE but the dealer because they most likely will fix it for free. You have a 8 year 80k warranty on most of your emissions components. -MH

Here is a tip: Have your service tech visually check your drive belts (or belt in most cases) every other oil change. I don’t know any shop that charges to check, and it is really important. A broken belt can disable the engines water pump, alternator, and power steering. Without power steering assist, you will be so panicked that you won’t even notice the engine overheating or the battery going dead. Any cracks or frays in the belt is a prescription for breakdown, so get it checked.. -MH

Mike Herzing publishes the website: www.letstalkwheels.com. Mike has owned Accurate Auto Center in Tomball, TX since 1979 and is a former ASE Certified Master Tech.

This announcement was brought to you by Honda Cars of Katy, please call with any questions at 281-994-0055.